Yes, there are tandems that have fat tires and we ride them on unpaved roads. This is the second year we have organized a fall rally for these bikes. We call it “dirty” GTR because the odds are that we are going to get dirty…and this year the name was a perfect description!
We brought a small group to Forsyth, Georgia (located about an hour south of Atlanta) for a weekend of riding and socializing.
Spoiler alert: ice cream photo ahead! The weather forecast was not looking great, but those who stuck it out were rewarded with challenging, fun rides that were rain-free!
Day One featured ten couples and two ride choices from Juliette, GA – made famous by Fannie Flagg with her book (and movie) called Fried Green Tomatoes.
The long option was 38 miles and the short option (which we did) was 26 miles. Afterwards some of our riders ate lunch at the WhistleStop Cafe, and enjoyed those fried green tomatoes. We returned to Forsyth and lunched at the Grits Cafe, where we also had…fried green tomatoes.
After the rides on Friday and Saturday, we gathered at Fox City Brewing to sample some beer.
Day Two greeted us with mist, which cleared up just after the ride start. The eight remaining couples rode the 28-mile option and did not see a drop of rain. But we did see a bunch of dirty bikes and riders after we all finished.
Day Three was a 20-mile ride from the hotel, which the remaining seven teams enjoyed with plenty of time for a shower before check-out time.
The special star of the weekend was Scoops on the Square. It’s a favorite ice cream shop for us whenever and wherever we find a franchise. We had ice cream served your way all day on both Friday and Saturday and our group really lapped it up.
Next up, we head west to enjoy the bike lanes and paths of Southern California.